Haven’t taken the time to start multiboxing World of Warcraft yet?
With the World of Warcraft Starter Edition, there has never been a better time! Get your miniature army on the go without the usual time constraints associated with the older trial accounts. That’s right, you can now play as long as you like! Here’s a list of the benefits that you, as a multiboxer, can gain from using Starter Edition accounts:
- Play as much as you want and level your toons up to a maximum level of 20. Once at 20, you can continue to play, but you’ll no longer gain experience until you sign up for a full subscription.
- Draenai and Blood Elf character races have now been unlocked! This means you can get your pally with the Horde and shammy with Alliance, along with their unlocked starting zones.
- The gold limit has been increased, allowing you to purchase a mount at your toons’ appropriate levels. With a maximum purse size of 10 gold, a small fortune can be gathered before you decide to sign-up full time.
- Previous trial accounts (even expired ones) have been reactivated as Starter Edition accounts. If you had a few toons on a previous trial account of say, level 10, you might want to dig them up again.
Of course, to continue producing a quality gaming experience and to keep their service alive, Blizzard’s World of Warcraft Starter Edition still has some restrictions. Here are those which may affect your multiboxing experience:
- Busier realms which have a login queue will allow paid accounts through the line-up before Starter Edition accounts
- Skills (such as enchanting or tailoring) cannot exceed 100 points.
- Guilds cannot be joined or created
- Toons cannot party with those higher than level 20
- Toons cannot invite others into a party, but they can still join a party
- Trade is disabled between players, the AH, and mail
An idea to take full advantage of this opportunity would be to have one subscribed account and use the Recruit-A-Friend (RAF) option to start up your starter edition accounts. This will allow you to level faster and, with your subscribed toon’s account, you can still invite and party with your RAF counterparts up until level 20.
Another option, if you really want to test World of Warcraft completely, without paying a dime, is to ask a friend in the game who has a full subscription to invite you to a party and drop group after doing so. However, this will limit you to a maximum of 4 multiboxed toons per group (remember, you won’t be able to invite a 5th toon to your party because of the aforementioned restrictions on Starter Edition accounts). Of course, you can multibox without a group, but it has its limitations with regards to leveling as only the first toon to “tag” an NPC in combat will gain the experience points at the end of the battle.
With all things considered, this is an excellent way to gain the “ins” and “outs” of multiboxing without the cost associated with fully subscribing. Instead of being constrained to a time limit associated with older trial accounts, you can multibox for as long as you like until you decide it’s time to go beyond level 20 and gain an in-depth perspective of multiboxing WoW.